While Tennessee coach Butch Jones and several members of his staff were in Nashville, Tenn., on Thursday for the last of their three recruiting celebrations across the state, the Vols took the opportunity to announce an upcoming game in Nashville.
Tennessee announced Thursday that it will play its 2015 season opener against UAB at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. — home of the NFL's Tennessee Titans — on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015.
Tennessee will play its 2015 football season opener against UAB at Nashville’s LP Field — the home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans — on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, UT and the Nashville Sports Council announced Thursday.
The Vols last played at LP Field on Dec. 30, 2010, in the Music City Bowl against North Carolina. They also played their 2002 season opener against Wyoming at the 15-year-old stadium, which has an official capacity of 69,143, and played regular-season games against Vanderbilt there in 2000 and 2002.
Tennessee is 4-0 all-time against UAB, most recently edging the Blazers for a 32-29 overtime victory at Neyland Stadium in 2010.
Hart said in a press release that he had talked with Scott Ramsey, president and CEO of the Nashville Sports Council, “about opening our 2015 season in Nashville for more than a year.”
“It is exciting to have this come to fruition,” Hart said, “and we look forward to opening our season in front of a great crowd in Nashville.”
Hart said the Vols “will still play seven home games” at Neyland Stadium in 2015, starting with their home opener against Oklahoma on Sept. 12.
Tennessee has suspended its previously scheduled games against Connecticut in 2015 and 2016, Hart said, “in order to provide us the opportunity to play in Nashville in 2015 and in Bristol in 2016.” The Vols are scheduled to play Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn., on Sept. 10, 2016, in what’s being called the “Battle at Bristol.”
"We have made the necessary adjustments to our 2015 football schedule in order for us to move our opening game against UAB to Nashville, which is a priority for us from the perspective of recruiting, our fans, and our alumni,” Hart said.
Kickoff time and ticket information for the game has yet to be announced.
Tennessee also hasn’t released its complete schedule for the 2015 season, but North Texas announced last year that it will play against the Vols on Nov. 7, 2015, at Neyland Stadium.